Police in WA Shoot Scared Dog Hiding in Bushes
November 15, 2010
On November 7, a good Samaritan called police in Des Moines, WA to report that a Newfoundland was roaming the neighborhood. Kids were chasing the dog around and the caller was worried the dog would get hit by a car.
Three officers responded and tried to use a catchpole on the dog but she was afraid and kept barking and running away. They yelled at her when she “charged” them and she ran away again. One of the officers took a photo of the dog with his cell phone and sent it to the off-duty ACO. The ACO said she didn’t recognize the dog. (What that has to do with the price of tea in China I have no clue.) So they tazed the Newfie, twice. By then she was really scared and ran into someone’s backyard and hid in some bushes.
At this point, the officers all agreed that the dog was a threat to public safety and to them personally so one of the officers put a bullet in her. She fell to the ground, her eyes rolled back in her head and her breathing was labored. Apparently still deeming the dog to be a public threat, the officer put a second bullet in her. At that point the dog began to yelp. Apparently the dog was still a threat to public safety so he shot her a 3rd time. After that shot she struggled to sit up, trying to move away. Apparently the officer felt she was still a threat and so put a 4th bullet in her which killed her. Then he poked her with a stick to make sure she was dead.
Newfies, in case you didn’t know, are the dogs so reliably good tempered they are used to rescue drowning victims – people who flail and scream and have a tendency to choke their rescuers. They are often called “gentle giants” due to their kind disposition and large size. This Newf was named Rosie and her owners are devastated. She had never gotten loose before and in fact, neighbors at the scene did not even recognize her.